Islanders Send Beauvillier, Bernier To Bridgeport
The New York Islanders announced on Monday forward Anthony Beauvillier (pictured) has been loaned to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, while forward Steve Bernier has also been returned on loan to Bridgeport. In addition, the Sound Tigers have recalled defenseman Mike Cornell from their ECHL affiliate, the Worcester Railers H.C.
Beauvillier, 20, collected seven points (four goals, three assists) in 31 games with the Islanders this season – his second professional campaign. The Sorel, Quebec native also notched 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) and a plus-one rating in 66 games with the club during the 2016-17 season, including an assist in his NHL debut on Oct. 13, 2016 against the New York Rangers.
Prior to turning pro, Beauvillier spent three seasons with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) from 2013-16. He earned 206 points (91 goals, 115 assists) and a plus-10 rating in 178 career games, and served as team captain during his final season in 2015-16. In addition, the 5'11, 170-pound forward was named a QMJHL All-Star on two occasions and scored the most goals (15) of any player during the 2015-16 playoffs.
Beauvillier was selected by the Islanders in the first round (28th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.
Bernier was recalled by the Islanders on Dec. 15 and played four games with the club this season. The 32-year-old also notched 14 points (10 goals, four assists) and a plus-two rating in 21 games with the Sound Tigers this year. His 10 goals are tied for second on the team. Last season, Bernier registered 26 points (16 goals, 10 assists) in 33 games with Bridgeport.
During the 2015-16 campaign, the Quebec native collected six points (one goal, five assists) in 24 games with the Islanders and also appeared in six Stanley Cup playoff contests with New York. In 2014-15, he tied his NHL career-high with 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) in 67 games during his fourth year with the New Jersey Devils. Bernier played in all 24 games during New Jersey's run to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, scoring seven points (two goals and five assists).
In 637 career NHL games with the Islanders, Devils, Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks, Bernier has registered 230 points (105 goals, 125 assists). Bernier has 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 74 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Islanders, Devils, Canucks and Sharks.
He has appeared in 139 career AHL games with the Sound Tigers, Albany Devils, Worcester Sharks and Cleveland Barons, totaling 101 points (53 goals, 48 assists). The Sharks originally selected Bernier in the first round, 16th overall, at the 2003 NHL Draft.
Internationally, Bernier won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championship in Russia. During the tournament, Bernier finished second on his team in scoring with eight points (four goals, four assists) in seven games.
Cornell, 29, recorded 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in 28 games with the Railers this season and led all Worcester defensemen in assists, and ranked fifth on the team in scoring overall.
A native of Franklin, Mass., Cornell played 35 games with Bridgeport during the 2013-14 season and recorded four goals and six assists. He has 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 130 career AHL contests with the Sound Tigers, St. John's IceCaps, Charlotte Checkers and Springfield Falcons.
In addition, the fifth-year blue-liner has logged 41 points (seven goals, 34 assists) and a plus-22 rating in 96 career ECHL games with the Railers and Florida Everblades. Prior to turning pro, the 5'11, 190-pound skater played four seasons at the University of Maine and served as team captain during his senior campaign in 2012-13. Cornell produced 30 points (six goals, 24 assists) in 130 games with the Black Bears.
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